Wildland firefighters have been VERY busy in Colorado for the last couple of weeks. In the last few days several new fires have broken out or become much more active. Both the Rocky Mountain and Southwest Geographic Areas just increased their Preparedness Levels to 4 on the scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most extreme. This is a little early in the year for the Rocky Mountain Geographic Area. There are also several large fires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.
On the map above the green dots represent fires that are not being fully suppressed, while the red dots are fires that ARE being fully suppressed. The base map, with the dots, was provided by the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center; we added the fire names and acres.